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Fur, fur, and more fur.

If you are fortunate to have a Shiba Inu - then you unfortunately have to deal with quite a bit of fur.

But really - it's not the end of the world.

Shiba Inu shedding can be managed with a bit of effort and the right tools.

shiba inu fur cartoon comic

Shiba Inu Shedding -  Golden Rules

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Have the right tools for the job

2

Get to WORK during coat blowing season

3

Vacuum, clean, then vacuum more

4

Set up a "Shiba coat friendly" living environment

5

Nourish and hydrate

The Shiba Inu is a double-coated dog with a plush, soft 'undercoat' and a coarse, straight 'overcoat'.

Double-coated dogs, including Shiba Inus, typically shed heavily twice a year. This is when they famously "blow their coat" off.

The heavy shedding lasts for roughly three weeks. 

During this time, it's important to get moving on controlling the fuzz unless you don't mind being dressed in "doge" couture.

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Take heart though. 

Blowing coat doesn't last forever. Once shedding ends, expect to enjoy fuzz-free meals for quite a while.

In the meantime, here are some tips:

Shiba Inu Shedding - Tip #1 - Have The 'Right Tools' For The Job

There are two aspects to managing Shiba Inu shedding - dealing with the fur still attached to your Shiba and dealing with the fur everywhere else.

To manage the fur still attached to your Shiba, you'll need a few things:

To manage the fur found everywhere else, you'll need:

  • A good vacuum (actually two would be better - one for quick pick ups, the other for heavy duty action)
  • Basic cleaning supplies: broom, dustpan, sponges, rubber gloves
  • Furniture / car covers to protect "especially important" seats
  • Lint rollers / hair "magnets" for clothes, furniture, car upholstery
  • Air purifier for those with dog allergies
shiba inu cartoon vacuuming

Must Have Tool For Shiba Inu Fur - A Good Vacuum, or Two...

Shark Navigator

Good for carpets. Not the best - but the best for the price point. Besides, you have Shibas and need to get working on getting solid floors. (barring extenuating circumstances)

Miele Classic C1

A great all-around canister vacuum for the price. Not as heavy as the stronger Miele vacuums. Better for hard floors

Shark Apex Duo 

Absolutely the best "day-to-day" corded stick vac. We really dig this vac. It even has a self cleaning feature that targets hair! Not bad for carpets..

Shiba Inu Shedding - Tip #2 - Get To Work During Coat Blowing Time

Once you notice the start of your Shiba blowing coat, it's time to get proactive.

The more you take off now,  the less to clean up later.

Start by increasing grooming frequency and be sure to use the right brushes for your Shiba's hair type. Brushing helps loosen undercoat as well as spread healthy oils through your Shiba's coat.

Most Shibas do well with slicker brushes. Deshedding tools work well also - but you need to know how to properly use them. If your Shiba Inu is long-haired, it's probably better to stick to slicker brushes.

Schedule an extra bath to help with excess hair. The warm water will nicely loosen the undercoat.

Plus, if you're going to have tufts of hair flying everywhere - at least it'll be clean hair. Remember to brush before AND AFTER the bath (after your Shiba is completely dry).

Serious shedding will occur after baths so this is a great time to whip out the heavy duty vacuum cleaner.

Get ready to do some extra cleaning. 

Whether you have carpet or hard floors, you'll need to ramp up your vacuuming, sweeping, and dusting to keep the fur situation under control.

shiba inu non slip bath mat

Shiba Inu Shedding - Tip #3 - Vacuuming, cleaning, and more vacuuming

The key to controlling fur in the house is really no secret.

It's simply about putting extra effort into cleaning - especially when your Shiba begins to "blow".

Although having a vacuum is not absolutely necessary - it will make "defurring" your home a heck of lot easier.

In fact, the more vacuums, the merrier. 

I like to have one quality canister vacuum for heavy duty cleaning, one stick vac for quick pick ups, and one handheld vac for light touch ups.

The best time to bring out the heavy duty canister vacuum is a day after a bath.

Bathing loosens a lot of undercoat that will quickly find it's way throughout your home.

BONUS: If you've trained your Shiba to handle noise, see if you can train him / her to be vacuumed.

shiba inu comic cartoon living room

Shiba Inu Shedding - Tip #4 - Set up a "Shiba Coat Friendly Environment"

Sharing your home with a Shiba Inu or any dog always comes with a few give and takes.

Instead of furnishing your home with that black, full grain leather sofa you always dreamed of - you opt for the cream color P.U. sofa that's easy to dust off and clean.

You get the gist.

Here are some tips to cohabit nicely with your Shiba:

Opt for solid floors instead of wall-to-wall carpeting

Choose sofas / chairs that have smooth fabric over textured types

Same for drapery - look for smooth fabrics

Use furniture covers to protect furniture during shedding time or for continuous use

Keep your clothes and linens in closed closets to keep hair off

Leave fur cleaning tools like small vacuums and lint rollers in easily accessible areas 

shiba inu living in apartment

More cleaning tips:

Remove hair as soon as possible - especially on textured fabrics so that the hair doesn't get embedded.

Simply use a damp sponge or wear a rubber glove to quickly remove hair from upholstery

Squeegees work pretty well for getting fur off carpet

Swiffer wet mops are great for picking up fur off solid floors

Pumice stones or Furr Zoff work great for couches and car upholstery

Use washable dog towels or blankets over dogs bed for easy, frequent washing 

black and tan shiba inu on couch

Shiba Inu Shedding - Tip #5 - Nourish and Hydrate

Feeding your Shiba Inu well is an all-around good thing to do - whether your Shiba Inu is shedding or not.

While a good diet won't drastically reduce shedding, it'll give your Shiba Inu a healthier and nicer looking coat.

Same goes for proper hydration. Dogs that are not properly hydrated have drier skin that can lead to excess hair loss. 

Supplementing your Shiba's meal with omega-3's is also helpful for coat health and shine. Plus, it may improve your Shiba Inu's overall health so there's really nothing to lose.

Supplement tips:

If you feed homemade / raw, our favorite supplement that is great for coat health is Dogzymes Ultimate from Natures Farmacy

While there's not much definitive evidence on the efficacy of most supplements - here's the ones we give our dogs and recommend anyway:

shiba inu fur furminator

Supplements  We Trust and Recommend:

Bio Astin

We love Bio-Astin. Not only because it's locally made in Hawaii, but because it's one of the very few supplements where we actually notice results. Great for inflammation, skin protection, and eyes.

Turkey Tail Mushroom

Believe in Turkey Tail!! Actual scientific studies show that this supplement aids in fighting cancer, tumors, and immune issues. Also, good for digestion. Read the studies here.

Fish Oil

The most responsibly sourced wild fish oil we've come across... Fish oil choices are abundant and confusing. We've spent a lot of time, a lot of money on trying a LOT of them. This is our favorite.

In a Nutshell....

Best Shiba Inu shedding advice? Be proactive, tackle it as soon as possible for less hair days ahead

Vacuums will be your best friend - choose wisely

Relax, it's not that bad (barring you don't suffer from allergies)

Wear your Shiba Inu fur proudly - it's fashion's "new black"

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